Skip to main content
padlock icon - secure page this page is secure

Building Systems Capable of Consciousness

Buy Article:

$23.66 + tax (Refund Policy)

The search for a minimal set of neural events sufficient for a specific conscious percept is often referred to as an essential and necessary step in revealing mechanisms underlying consciousness (Crick and Koch 1998, 2003, Chalmers 2000). In this work, I utilize the idea of a top-down approach to propose a hypothetical system with intrinsic and emerging properties that are isomorphic to a particular conscious percept. I elaborate a mathematical formulation for such a system, building it using interconnected processes. Each process receives an interpretation through mutual relationships with other processes that form its complement. I hypothesize that this \completeness property' is necessary and perhaps sufficient for a system to be capable of consciousness, and I propose a strategy to test this hypothesis. In a sense, this requirement for the system on the level of processes reflects the phenomenological observation that \something is determined as opposed to an other' as elaborated on in Hegel's Science of Logic (Hegel 1969). It is also in agreement with the law of the unity and conflict of opposites formulated in dialectical materialism (Engels 1940). I postulate that, if a system is capable of producing an interpretation of one process through the others that form its complement, in a steady-state manner preserving the dynamical map of mutual relationships between processes, then such an interpretation is equivalent to the first-person data or conscious experience. The mathematical formulation presented in this work provides a foundation for building user-free systems and also delivers a novel method for analyzing biological neural systems.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Article Media
No Metrics

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
X
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more